Collaborate & Innovate

UC Forward is a re-imagining of what a university experience should be.

It is a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity – pairing students of diverse majors in trans-disciplinary teams to collaborate with faculty and outside experts in solving today's problems and developing tomorrow’s workforce in unique and relevant ways.

Why wait to change the world if you don't have to?

While UC Forward offers courses, it is not a "program" in the academic sense. It is an initiative that promotes opportunities for University of Cincinnati students to put what they're learning into action while they're learning it and in doing so, develop skills through collaboration, team leadership and project management that they just don't get from lectures.

All UC Forward collaborations tackle real-world issues - some tangible, some not - that may include problems in health care, the environment, poverty, sustainable development, or even difficult theoretical or philosophical questions in art, photography, or literature. Whatever the experience, UC Forward courses put students in the driver's seat and pair them with experts in their fields to guide them as they solve real and relevant questions that require solutions unbounded by a single discipline.

UC Forward enthusiastically welcomes students from all majors, minors, and academic disciplines.


In UC Forward, you will:

  • Be introduced to the creative process of research, innovation and cross-disciplinary teamwork that is needed to address challenging, real-world problems.
  • Learn techniques that foster innovation, generate ideas, test models and quickly get to solutions.


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Frank Russell

UC Forward Director and Associate Professor